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This is an exciting but not new technology...
johngaltrules   11/1/2011 1:45:49 PM
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Re: This is an exciting but not new technology...
sensor pro   11/2/2011 10:30:59 AM
3D printing is a great product and will make rapid prototyping a snap.. Waiting for prices to get down so my firm can get one and use for product development.

Keep on with great reviews

sensor pro
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Re: This is an exciting but not new technology...
sensor pro   11/2/2011 10:31:02 AM
3D printing is a great product and will make rapid prototyping a snap.. Waiting for prices to get down so my firm can get one and use for product development.

Keep on with great reviews

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Very Exciting Times!
MAKE-PARTS.com   11/2/2011 10:42:42 AM
Although its not extremely new technology and has been around for quite some time it is very new to the mass market.   Our company www.make-parts.com has have been around for about 5 years now and we are excited to see what the future holds.   We see a time where a 3d printer could be as common in a house hold as your everyday inkjet printer.   Only time will tell!  

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Re: Very Exciting Times!
@Intel_Jim   11/2/2011 10:59:24 AM
Good overview of how the big commercial companies (Zcorp, Stratasys, etc.) have opened their eyes to the lower end, price sensitive portion of the market. Companies like MakerBot Industries, Bits from Bytes, Fab At Home, etc. have been moving up a bit from the hobbyist realm. The two commercial paths will eventually meet; it will surely be interesting.

If you want a five minute video overview here's a talk done by @DocProfSky on 3D printing in Feb 2011 at Ignite Phoenix: http://bit.ly/Ignite3D or http://bit.ly/Ignite3Dprinter  He also has a tutorial using a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUP2qvX15gc and a time-lapse of a whistle being printed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy4UDRhJPR0 Enjoy and happy printing!


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Re: Very Exciting Times!
Tool_maker   11/2/2011 11:25:11 AM
I think this is the biggest innovation in my 40+ years in industry.

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Jack Rupert, PE   11/14/2011 2:17:13 PM
Looks like there could be a lot of applications for this as the price goes down - including a whole new form of manufacturing and distribution. 

Interesting choice for a lead picture.  I wonder if any normal people would want to wear something like that....

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Iaguy   12/1/2011 11:18:44 AM
1)  In response to Jack's comment, I can only quote a psychiatrist friend who often testified to a person's sanity in court "What's normal?"

2) Does any one at DN ever look at the page layout? 

Click next, drag page up so you can see the picture & text, Click next, drag page up so you can see the picture & text, ...

Can the pages be laid out so that you don't have to continualy move the page to see it on a 19" screen, how about a 15" laptop wide aspect screen?  That should be easy and normal for a high profile org like DN.


Good job on the subject matter, Beth.

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Disneyland for Rapid Prototype Enthusiasts
jim.antaki@e-design-md   12/6/2011 9:59:59 AM
Those of you fascinated by this technology (as I am) should consider attending the annual RAPID conference, usually in Chicago, but Atlanta next year, May 22-24. You'll be *blown away* by the advances you never thought possible. Pure Star Trek.

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gsmith120   9/30/2012 1:35:30 PM
I'm late coming to the party but the Thing-o-Matic isn't as big as it looks on the slide show.  In fact, it is a nice size.  I really like the 3D printers hoping to get one by the end of this year. 

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Re: Thing-o-Matic
Beth Stackpole   10/1/2012 7:29:20 AM
@Gina: You're not late to the game, Gina, but a lot has happened even since this slideshow was posted. Makerbot just released the second version of its more commercialized product, the Replicator 2, there's the Stratasys MoJo for small office environments, and lots of entrepreneurial types bringing all kinds of innovative, open source personal 3D printers to market. Definitely a good time to consider jumping in.

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